A 4-year university is not the only way to get an education or training for your future. There are many other options available.  Both public and private vocational and technical schools offer programs that can lead straight to employment within 6 months to 2 years.  Make sure to investigate the employment outlook to see if the career you are choosing has a strong job market.



    Apprenticeship Programs

    Apprenticeship programs allow you to work and train at the same time.  When accepted, you will spend part of your time in class and part of your time in a paid job in the field you are training in.


    Entering the military is another option for education.  The links below will connect you with each of the different branches.


    Additional Opportunities
    City Year - a member of AmeriCorps, unites young adults, ages 18-24, for a year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.  Seattle is one of the sites that offer City Year.  While City Year's primary focus is on improving the lives of children, corps members also renovate housing and beautify urban space.  Workers earn a weekly stipend and a $5,000 education bonus at the end of ten months.  Workers receive college and career counseling and meet regularly with community and business leaders. www.cityyear.org
    Americorp - Corps members work in teams of 5-10 people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  In exchange for service, they receive a living allowance and a bonus upon completion of their service commitment.  Bonuses range up to $5,000-$10,000 per year of full-time service. https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps